Obama Plagarizing Again

By VA Blogger

Lost in all the kerfuffle over the “lipstick on a pig” comments is something much more interesting.

From Obama’s speech last night:

John McCain says he’s about change too. Exce- and and so I guess his whole angle is – watch out, George Bush – except for economic policy, healthcare policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy, and Karl-Rove-style politics, we’re really gonna shake things up in Washington.

A Tom Toles editorial cartoon published five days ago:

Practically word for word. (h/t Virtucon)


  • Wow.

    VA Blogger: protector of our oral and written tradition since…

  • G. Stone says:

    Are you sure that was not Niel Kinnock ?

    Never mind my bad, I’ve got the wrong plagiarist.

  • Sally says:

    Isn’t it for Toles to decide if the remarks are too similar and if the incident requires further action? We all know that the candidates don’t right their own speeches. It was the speech writer who borrowed from the clever cartoon. Do you really believe that Obama (or any of the the other three) have the time to read editorial cartoons?

  • Sally says:

    sorry for the typo — “right” should have been “write”, although it IS a funny typo given the site

  • Dan says:

    Obviously, I haven’t heard this line each and every time Obama has used it in his stump speech, but I know when it was first used (and played on the evening news) that he attributed it to Toles. I heard it.

    Perhaps he dropped the attribution in subsequent appearances on the stump. I don’t know. But this is hardly the stuff on which to base one’s choice in the presidential election.

    As old as I am I should know better, but I still cling to the hope that we might make this important choice based on a rational discussion of issues that have great meaning to the American people and the future of our country. Thank God for beer. I’ll need it during the next 56 days.

    And G Stone, you want to bring up Kinnock? Perhaps you want to talk about a significant name in John McCain’s career from the 1980’s, Charles Keating?

    I don’t. I want to talk about saving my grandchildren from the massive debt that seems to be run up every time we trust the Republicans with political power.

    All day long on every channel the oh so compliant media has been droning on about lipstick on a pig. I have to tip my hat to the McCain folks. They are damned good at media manipulation. Never mind that McCain used nearly identical words to describe Hillary Clinton’s policies. Clearly this is evidence that Obama is a sexist.

    And that isn’t even the stupidest of the day. We are treated to a McCain ad that claims that Obama supporting a bill to educate 5 year olds about the dangers of sexual predators means he supports sex education for five year olds. And instead of the “serious journalists” simply exposing this for what it is, they play it as if it actually has some sort of merit. And then they go into their standard format. Have a talker from both sides to demonstrate “balance” thus giving the originator of the big lie an ongoing platform from which to spread it.

    Is this really how you believe the next president should be chosen?

    The problem with these “magician” campaigns, the ones where Republicans do their damndest to get voters to look at trivia so that they don’t focus on things like the economy, is that then there is no mandate for action that the voters approve if you win. That’s how you get a “conservative” president who piles 5 trillion dollars on top of the national debt. He was elected on trivia and bullshit, so he can do whatever radical thing he wants. He won’t be around when the bills come due ayway.

    Campaigns really are important. They matter to how we are governed.

  • TruthSeeker says:

    Dan, how many times could he have attribued to Toles since it was printed? It only appeared on Friday, right? And in just five days he now uses it as his own? I understand they all use speech writers, but shouldn’t they try to be original? Isn’t Obama about change? Its not as bad as the Joe Biden slip where he asked a wheelchair bound man to stand-up. Man, I heard the audio today and I cringed. I think it is too painful for the media to show.

  • TruthSeeker says:

    I will defend Obama a little bit on this. Apparently you are half right. He stole it before he credited it and then credited it before he didn’t credit it. He used it in a campaign speech and got busted. From an Obama spokesperson as quoted in the Boston Globe.. “He did not know it was from a cartoon and now that he does he will certainly credit the cartoonist.” He then credited the quote on Olbermann. And then didn’t credit it last night…. I know, that wasn’t much of a defense. Now if only Palin had had an abortion would she be supported by that wing nut in South Carolina. Keep it up Democrats….

  • I think Toles is the one that is copying here. I’ve heard this laundry list since January.

  • BlackOut says:

    Good gosh, you all are so simple. The cartoon has McCain parroting what Obama has been saying. The cartoon is making fun of McCain and his ketchup strategy to trump Obama and the convention speech.

    You all are a bunch of lemmings.

    (lÄ•m’Ä­ng) pronunciation


    Any of various small, thickset rodents, especially of the genus Lemmus, inhabiting northern regions and known for periodic mass migrations that sometimes end in drowning.

  • Former LCRC Member says:

    You guys are trying hard, but I think you will not be able to prop up The Chosen One forever. He’s coming apart.

  • TruthSeeker says:

    I think BlackOut is an MSDNC lemming. If it McCain parroting Obama, then why did his campaign spokesperson apologize about not crediting Toles? “He did not know it was from a cartoon and now that he does he will certainly credit the cartoonist.” After he was busted he then credited the quote to Toles on Olbermann.

  • Lee J says:

    Palin has peaked too soon. She will crash and burn soon right before our eyes.

  • […] It is revealed next that in a recent speech Obama plagiarized a lengthy passage from an editorial cartoon…and we shall omit Biden-Kinnock comparisons for now. […]

  • Issues says:

    He attributed it. I heard him.

    People are reaching on both sides. I’m getting tired of it.

    Issues people. Somebody make them both talk about issues.

  • TruthSeeker says:

    More literary sampling for Mr. Obama…

  • mik says:

    this smear campaign mccain is running has hit an all time low with mccain’s ad about obama and education. mccain’s ad accuses obama of teaching comprhensive sex education to kindergartners before they even teach reading. obama was really supporting a bill to educate children about the dangers of sexual predators. once factchecked, all the claim on the ad were completely false. what was mccain’s campaign trying to suggest? once asked, they did not have an answer. I know this is political smear season, but this is just low to a whole other level. made me sick to my stomache how despicable that ad was. I thought mccain and palin are religious and believe in god. does god not want you to be honest, fair, loving, non-judgemental, and more? I have been going through blogs and most conservative christian blogs ooze such hate and contempt for others not like them. they would accuse others of lying and smear tactics while their own camp have no shame in producing lies and smear also. why? if anything, would you not promote fairness? agree to disagree but do not disrespect other’s views? do you not find it a bit hypocritical?

  • norris says:

    An example of the smear-fear ads. Shameful, perverse, distortion to the nth degree. The McCain campaign has stooped to the level of the most tawdry of tabloids.


  • […] Update: Hilariously, the “Northern Virginia Republican viewpoint” blog Too Conservative has posted the same Tom Toles piece. (Nice to see that we’re on the same page, guys.) The purpose of said posting? It seems to be an attempt to divert attention from the fact that it concisely states the obvious, by pointing out that Senator Obama said the same thing in a speech, again concisely stating the obvious. […]

  • RichmondDem says:

    Tooles was the one who plagarized here.

Leave Comment